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Regulated Natural Gas Market Change Raises Deco Complaints

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Regulated Natural Gas Market Change Raises Deco Complaints

These are more than shortcomings, these are the “difficulties” in the process of switching to a natural gas supplier on the regulated market that force consumers to contact the Deco consumer protection association, Ana Sofia Ferreira from the consumer support department explained to Lusa.

“We have received several requests for information and requests for support as part of this transition to a regulated natural gas market,” he said, adding that among the main doubts is ignorance of the change process and lack of information. .

“Many” consumers who contact support do not know the switch supplier’s date when they will receive a bill or cancel the contract and start a new one, others because they were surprised by the increase in the electricity bill because they lost discounts for not having one supplier of gas and electricity.

“We see that consumers are not properly warned about the consequences of a possible change” in the regulated gas market, said Ana Sofía Ferreira, explaining that changing gas supplier while maintaining the same electricity supplier could result in fines. for the loss of discounts provided under contracts with both services at the same time.

“The electricity tariff is getting more expensive, and essentially what you gain by moving to a regulated natural gas market, you end up losing,” he said, recalling the legislator’s intention by allowing the transition to a regulated market, it’s not about that the consumer is affected.

“Intention [do legislador] is to respond to the energy crisis and inflation that we are experiencing and help the consumer,” he recalled, adding that Deco also asked the Ministry of the Environment to clarify in law that the transition to a regulated market cannot imply a penalty for early termination of the contract, which has an agreed loyalty period.

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According to Deco, not all consumers are ready for the possibility of switching to a regulated electricity market.

However, those who change are required to deal with two systems, one for the transition to the regulated gas market and the other for the electricity market, which are two different processes, with different actors and different requirements, which, in the opinion of the association, make process is difficult when the consumer.

At the end of last week, the association sent a letter to the Ministry of the Environment, in which it expressed its “concern” about the process of switching to regulated market suppliers, explained Ana Sofía Ferreira.

In the document, the association called for making the two systems equivalent, namely in terms of requirements, and instead of each company creating its own platform to move to the regulated market, a single platform was created in which it was possible for the consumer to move simultaneously to the regulated gas and electricity market.

According to the proposed state budget, the transition to a regulated natural gas market will cost the budget €60 million in 2023 due to the loss of potential VAT revenue.

Based on the assumption that all consumers eligible to return to the regulated market would actually return to the regulated tariff, the government estimated the maximum cumulative savings in returning to the regulated market to be €56.7 million per month, the document said.

Assuming equal pricing conditions in the free and regulated markets for 12 months, the government estimates that the measure could generate “total cumulative savings for consumers of more than €680.4 million in 2023.”

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Covered 1.5 million consumers of low pressure natural gas with a consumption of less than 10,000 cubic meters (m3) per year.

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ITA Airways may be partly in the hands of the Italian state railway

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ITA Airways may be partly in the hands of the Italian state railway


The Italian government is exploring new possibilities for the sale of ITA Airways, which could involve Lufthansa and the national rail company, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS). This is reported by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Earlier this month, the government announced it would resume talks with Lufthansa after inconclusive talks with a consortium formed by Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Certares.

Lufthansa said last week through a spokesperson that it remains interested in the acquisition. The original partner of the German group, the sea carrier MSC, refused to negotiate.

With FS, the Italian government, along with Lufthansa, has a new takeover candidate for the airline. Reuters news agency reports that government documents show the government wants to sell 51 percent of ITA to Lufthansa for 250 million euros, with 29 percent to go to Ferrovie dello Stato, with the rest remaining in state hands.

With the partial acquisition, ITA FS will be able to use a combination of air and rail transport. Moreover, it already offers high-speed lines connecting the main cities of Italy, the Italian newspaper writes. Cooperation can facilitate the transition to both modes of transport.

Having FS as an airline partner was nothing new, as the state-owned railway was also a shareholder in the bankrupt Alitalia. The difference here is that if there is Lufthansa in the package (if these plans are confirmed), it is the Germans who should have control and will dictate the step of the company, which is unprofitable today.


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Tesla announces another recall of 80,000 vehicles, and some even have to be recalled

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Tesla cars suffered this year a large number of requests for “collection”better known as the process revoke🇧🇷 Trouble again and 80,000 vehicles in China will be recalled. If many of recalls was an easy decision as it was over the air (OTA) it really obliges the owners to take the car to the workshop.

In fact, this year, many millions of Tesla electric vehicles received revoke for fixes.

Many of the reviews are related to issues resolved via OTA.

Whenever there is a safety issue, the NHTSA must issue a "safety recall", even if the car manufacturer does not have to physically recall any vehicles, leading to some confusion.

Once again last month, Tesla's "1 Million Vehicles" collection of vehicles generated a lot of news as the impact on drivers was almost negligible considering the update only changed via OTA the software that runs the car system. to work with windows.

These cases have prompted Tesla CEO Elon Musk to complain about the term "recall = collection" and how it is being used in the media against Tesla. Today The American company again announced new collections in China about 80,000 cars.

13,000 Tesla electric vehicles have seat belt problems

The recall includes 67,698 imported Model S and Model X vehicles with a battery-related software issue, according to Chinese authorities. Again, the fix is ​​a simple software update. Nonetheless, this time there is also a physical collection due to the problem with the seat belt in approximately 13,000 Model 3 vehicles: 2,736 imported and 10,127 made in China.

over 20 recalls there were many collections in 2022. However, Tesla is not the only automaker to be hit by major recalls this year. OUR Ford also just confirmed that it is recalling another half a million vehicles. due to fire hazards, and many car manufacturers have also recalled millions of vehicles this year.

In any case, the fact that the vast majority of calls from electric brand a quick fix with over-the-air (OTA) software updates — rather than taking cars back to the dealership like other car manufacturers — shows that Tesla's level of connectivity to its cars is a huge advantage in the industry.

The software update system (OTA) allows the buyer to fix many problems easily and conveniently, and for Tesla itself means big money savings.

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Lidl wants to dominate the fast-charging market for electric vehicles at affordable prices

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Estação de carregamento, no Lidl, aberta 24 horas por dia

One of the EU’s goals for electric vehicles is to guarantee charging points so that tram drivers don’t have to worry about being on the road when they travel. To meet this need and dominate this market, Lidl intends to offer affordable prices.

We may soon see this initiative in more supermarkets.


Despite being a supermarket chain, Lidl has been guaranteeing electric vehicle charging stations in its stores for some time. However, a new journey has now begun, the launch of the first ultra-fast charging station, which has the distinction of guaranteeing a price well below what can be found on the market.

With this new equipment, in addition to the aesthetic aspects, Lidl takes on technical and cost commitments, guaranteeing the best on the market. After all, she not only placed the charger in her supermarkets, but also created, in turn, a space with protection for vehicles, users and chargers, in an area open 24/7 (i.e. 24 hours a day, 7 days in Week). . . .

This provides better visibility of the infrastructure and reduces the risk of internal combustion engine vehicles occupying space reserved for electric vehicles.

Lidl bets on affordable charging points

The first station will be installed in a Lidl supermarket near the French city of Lyon. The space is equipped with five charging points ranging from 22 to 360 kW. Thus, each client will be able to choose the one that best suits his needs.

For example, a 22 kW charger has a competitive cost of 25 cents per kWh. When we move to more powerful stations of 90, 180 or 360 kW, the price becomes 40 cents higher per kWh.

The strategy adopted by Lidl in some of its stores is already rolling out to other countries, such as Germany, where the supermarket chain is installing its first fast-charging stations, with 150kW stations priced at 48 cents per kWh.

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